Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Second wind: a new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort. After an amicable divorce, Lincoln Huxley is ready to embrace the sexuality he repressed for more than two decades. Rush Holden is no longer willing to settle for closeted men or those who don’t share his dreams of marriage and fatherhood. A chance encounter on a lakeside pier is the second wind they both need. Or will it just be a painful reminder of all they had lost?
Second chance: an opportunity to try something again that failed one time. Rush and Lincoln have shared a lot of firsts—friendship, young love, and heartbreak. Cruel reality forced the two men to choose paths that took their lives in different directions. Twenty-six years later, they get a second chance to fall in love with each all over again. Can it really be that simple, or will the same issues ruin their happiness a second time?
Happily ever after: to live happily for the rest of one’s life. Rush and Lincoln know that love and life can’t be defined by words alone. Patience, commitment, and the determination to do whatever it takes will be the only way the two men achieve their happily ever after.
Second Wind by Aimee Nicole Walker is a lovely, warmhearted second chance at love story, one of my favorite tropes. Lincoln Huxley and Rush Holden have both moved on from their broken hearted teenage love or have they? Rush Holden and his sister left home, unable to continue living under the rules and roof of his conservative, bigoted father and mother. Lincoln Husley, unwilling to act on his feelings or give up the dream of living “normally” goes on to marry a girl and have a family on the West Coast. But twenty-six years can’t diminish the fact that Lincoln is gay or that Rush is the man he has always loved. One divorce, and one chance meeting all those years later and sparks fly.
So many elements to admire here. I love the way the author handled a couple whose marriage was in dissolution while the husband was figuring out how to deal with his sexuality and coming out to his wife and children. It was realistic, gut-wrenching in a way, and done in a manner that showed all the parties as flawed, compassionate human beings who still loved each other. Even the grown children’s reaction to their parents decision to divorce (one wanting to know who’s pushing for it), then their Dad’s later announcement of his homosexuality all rings so true. These are great characters, fully fleshed out personalities, and they form a wonderful foundation not just for Lincoln and Rush’s relationship but for the extended family they all become as well.
The central element here, of course, is the romance and enduring love between Rush and Lincoln. That’s such a deeply moving storyline. Switching between perspectives and even timelines using flashbacks, we see these men at differing times of their lives making decisions that put them on different paths. Many scenes here will emotionally impact you to the point of sending you running for the tissues. I can’t think now of a ammo box of Polaroid’s without sniffling. This couple makes me smile even now.
Second Wind by Aimee Nicole Walker is just a wonderful story. It’s everything you want in a contemporary romance and more. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Cover Photographer: WANDER AGUIAR
Buy Link: http://mybook.to/SecondWind